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Will eliminating Rx rebates lower costs? Probably not, CBO says.

May 6, 2019


The United States' total prescription drug costs are not expected to decrease if CMS finalizes a rule designed to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Thursday.

Tennessee could become first state to ask CMS for Medicaid block grants

May 6, 2019


Tennessee's Legislature on Thursday approved a bill that directs state officials to ask the federal government to distribute the state's federal Medicaid funding in the form of a block grant, and in exchange give the state additional flexibility over how it administers its Medicaid program.

HHS finalizes 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 3, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to certain medical care, including abortion care and assisted death.

Bennet, a 'Medicare for All' critic, enters 2020 presidential race

May 3, 2019


Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who last month introduced a so-called "Medicare X" proposal that would implement a public option health plan in the United States, on Thursday became the latest candidate to announce he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

FDA to require black-box warning on Ambien, Sonata, and other sleep aids

May 3, 2019


FDA will require certain prescription sleep aids, including Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta, to carry black-box warnings that display the drugs' risks, following reports that some patients who have taken the medications have experienced side effects that led to injury or death.

Facebook, for the first time, will allow anonymous posting in health support groups

May 2, 2019


Following privacy criticisms, Facebook on Tuesday announced that it will create a new community of health support groups that will allow users to post questions anonymously.

FDA approves new 'smokeless' cigarette. But how safe is it?

May 2, 2019


FDA on Tuesday announced it will allow Philip Morris International to sell a hand-held device designed to heat tobacco without burning it, but the agency has not determined whether to allow the company to market the product as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

'A huge red flag'? Medicaid, CHIP enrollment dropped 3% in 2018.

May 1, 2019


The latest CMS data show 2.2 million fewer people were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program from January 2018 to January 2019—a decline CMS says could stem from the improving economy, but other health experts say could stem from stricter eligibility redetermination processes.

House panel releases FY 2020 HHS spending bill with $50M for gun violence research

April 30, 2019


The House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft HHS spending bill for fiscal year 2020 that calls for a total of $99 billion in funding for HHS, including $50 million in funding for research on gun violence—which, if enacted, would mark the first time an HHS appropriations bill would fund gun violence research since 1996.

Washington lawmakers approve bill to create public option health plan

April 30, 2019


Washington's Legislature on Saturday approved a bill to create a state-funded public health insurance option, which state residents would be able to select on Washington's health insurance exchange.

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